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Uniquely Oakland

It’s undeniable that Oakland has a special charm, an authenticity that makes our city unlike any other. There are many experiences that you can only have here and a million reasons to call Oakland home (well, at least 35). First Fridays gives a unique mix of fine art, local crafts and food while magical places like Children’s Fairyland can make anyone feel like a kid again. Lake Merritt brings a splash of nature into our urban hub and the art and architecture showcases the best that history has to offer.


_DSC9134_editDowntown Oakland is uniquely positioned in the bustling urban center of the city, while still offering the amenities necessary for daily living. Schools, churches, grocery stores, and fitness centers are all conveniently located. We also have a wealth of farmer’s markets in Uptown, Old Oakland, and Jack London. If you are not sure where to go, stop an Ambassador and ask for directions, or a recommendation.

Check out the Residents page on the City of Oakland website to learn about jobs, housing, schools, utilities, accessibility services, and much more.

Lake Merrit Dental
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www.lakemerrittdental.com On the daily, we provide dental services to the Oakland community and are always huge champions of our community. We are proud of our involvement in youth career development with groups like OYFB, community cultural events like First Friday, and promoting more eco-friendly living through partnerships with local nonprofits like Walk Oakland Bike Oakland.

Find your home

_HRP8757_edit If you want to live within walking distance to the best restaurants, entertainment, and shopping that Oakland has, Downtown Oakland sounds like your next home. Whether you are looking for a small single’s pad like the Uptown Apartments or the Grand, a condo for a couple like the Ellington or Aqua Via, or a single family home through resources like, eastbay.craigslist.org and trulia.com, there is a place for you. If you are looking for affordable housing options, there are many resources available through the City, the East Bay Housing Organizations, and more. For some invaluable tips on home buying in the bay area be sure to check out these great house-hunting-tips-bay-area-home-buyers.

The Ambassador Program

Keeping Downtown Clean and Beautiful

ambassador2Part of what makes Downtown Oakland a great place to put down roots is the local Ambassador program. The Ambassadors keep the neighborhood clean and beautiful for local residents, visitors and businesses. Whether you want to know which sandwich spot has the best brisket or need an escort to BART late-night, they are always ready to help out.

The Safety Ambassadors tour the district during business hours Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. with additional coverage for special events within and around the district. Safety Ambassadors are skilled at resolving minor incidents and they keep an eye out for more serious issues, which they quickly report to local law enforcement. Safety Ambassadors serve as a direct liaison to the Oakland Police Department and their presence alone thwarts crime and enhances public safety.

Maintenance Ambassadors work diligently to create a clean and welcoming environment. Sidewalk pressure washing, sweeping, recycling and trash management and graffiti removal are some of the ways that Maintenance Ambassadors work to improve the district. Maintenance Ambassadors work on beautification projects from 7:00 am until 3:30pm Monday through Saturday. All Ambassadors are trained in customer service skills and are instructed to get to know property owners, employees and merchants. Ambassadors act as a source of information to the public by offering assistance, answering questions, and providing directions.

The program was featured in an article by Rachel Trachten in Oakland Magazine. Trachten spent a day with two Ambassadors to see what a day in their shoes is like. Read the article here.

To learn more about the Ambassador programs, check out the Lake Merrit Uptown and Downtown Oakland websites.